Montreal and Carey Price's quest for the Stanley Cup

Montreal's epic journey to The Stanley Cup.

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Stanley Cup Finals..........."The Quest For Lord Stanley"

Chicago wins the Stanley Cup in six games. This was also the first time that the Blackhawks were able to secure the cup at home since before the second world war. Street flooding delayed the arrival of the Stanley Cup.

Conf. Seed EASTERN CONFERENCE ------ WESTERN CONFERENCE Conf. Seed
Round 1 Round 2 Conf. Final Final Conf. Final Round 2 Round 1
Rangers(1) Anaheim (1)
Rangers win 4-1 Ducks win 4-0
Pittsburgh (8) Rangers Anaheim Winnipeg (7)
------ Rangers win 4-3 Ducks win 4-1 ------
Washington (4) Washington Rangers Anaheim Ducks Calgary Vancouver (5)
Caps win 4-3 Flames win 4-2
Islanders (5) Tampa Bay Calgary (8)
------ Tampa wins 4-3 Hawks win 4-2 Hawks win 4-3 ------
Montreal (2) Chicago St. Louis (2)
Habs win 4-2 Wild win 4-2
Ottawa (7) Montreal Tampa Bay Chicago Minnesota Minnesota (6)
------ Tampa wins 4-2 Hawks win 4-0 ------
Tampa Bay (3) Tampa Bay Chicago Nashville (3)
Tampa wins 4-3 Hawks win 4-2
Detroit(6) Chicago (4)

and so it begins............"The Quest For Lord Stanley"

In the Western Conference, the Chicago Black Hawks rebounded from a 3-2 deficit to win in game seven. In the Eastern Conference Final the underdog Lightning won convincingly on the road in game seven to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Making it to the third round and into the Western Conference final are the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks. Both teams were favourites in the second round and easily advanced. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers needed overtime in the seventh game to eliminate the Washington Capitals. The Capitals held a 3-1 lead in games before the Rangers came storming back winning three games in a row to take the series. Tampa Bay beat Montreal in six games. Tampa Bay dominated Montreal in the regular season and continued the domination going up three games to none. Montreal fought back winning the next two games. In the sixth game Tampa won the races to the puck and cruised to the victory. Montreal was too dependent on Carey Price and were offensively challenged all year and this was their ultimate downfall.

Making it to Round 2 in the west are Anaheim vs. Calgary and Chicago vs. Minnesota. In the east you have the Rangers vs. Washington and Montreal vs. Tampa Bay. The only team that looks to be overmatched in round 2 is Calgary. After watching what happened to Vancouver in round 1, Anaheim will bring their "A" game and will not let the foot off the gas until the handshakes after game four or five. Secrets are staying healthy, getting timely goaltending and coming together as a team at the right time.

Sixteen teams, are in a race for sixteen wins. Broken down into four rounds of head to head matchups where the first to four victories, wins and moves onto the next round. The winner of the fourth round is the Stanley Cup Champion.

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There have been a lot of changes in the off season to get to the 2014/15 edition of the Montreal Canadiens. Breaking it down with who is gone, who is new and who has had their contract extended.

The following players have not been signed and have found employment elsewhere. Brian Gionta the captain became a victim of the numbers game. Montreal needed to shake up the line up and they needed the cap space so, the UFA had to go. Daniel Briere had another year on his contract but Montreal needed the cap space and more size up front. Josh Gorges was traded to Buffalo, to free up some money over the next three years; notably to sign Subban. Ryan White an RFA was cut loose. UFA's George Parros, Douglas Murray, and Francis Bouillon were cut loose July 01, 2014. Peter Budaj with one year left on his contract worth 1.4 million was traded in mid October to make room for newcomer Dustin Tokarski as backup to Carey Price.

Added to the roster are: P. A. Parenteau came over in the trade for Daniel Briere with two years left on a 4 million a year contract. Manny Malhotra signed a one year deal for 850 thousand. He is a fourth line center and a face off specialist. Twenty-two year old Czech Jiri Sekac had an excellent training camp and made the roster. He is on a two year contract for 1.35 million per year. Tom Gilbert was brought in on defense to help replace the void with the trade of Gorges. Gilbert is on a two year contract for 2.8 million per year. Mike Weaver was rewarded with a one year contract for 1.75 million. Weaver will log a lot of minutes in a defensive role on the blue line.

Signings of note: PK Subban signs the biggest contract in Canadiens history with an eight year, 72 million dollar deal. Andrei Markov signed to a three year deal worth 17.25 million dollars. Lars Eller signs a four year deal for 14 million.